The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced the finalists for Pacemaker Awards for newspaper and broadcast on Sept. 6, naming The Evanstonian as one of the outstanding student-produced newspapers. In addition, former Evanstonian editor Casey Digan (‘12) was named a finalist in the Storytelling in Print category.

The NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 85 years. Entries in the 2012 contest were judged by the staff of The Sacramento Bee. The contest yielded a total of 322 entries, which were judged on the following criteria: coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership on the opinion page; evidence of in-depth reporting; layout and design; and photography, art and graphics.

“I am so proud that Casey’s story will be recognized out of thousands of stories from all over the country,” said Rodney Lowe, ETHS adviser for The Evanstonian. The feature story, “Incarceration or Death” can be viewed at The awards will be presented at the Journalism Education Association/NSPA Convention in San Antonio on Nov. 17.